Posted: 02 Jan 2009 07:23 AM PST
The Senate Democrats, for all their blather, left Rod Blagojevich the power to choice the next Junior Senator for Illinois to replace Barack Obama....and so he did. He chose Roland Burris and then Senate Democrats and Barack Obama, made a big stink about how Blagojevich shouldn't have actually used his position as Governor to appoint someone because of the criminal accusations against him.
Tough. It was his job to appoint someone to the position and he did.
Commentary points out the Senate Democrats strategy and the flaw of it:
The Senate Democrats seem to be banking on a scheme to "investigate" the matter, wait for Blago to be impeached and then seat the new appointee selected by the Lt. Governor. But wait. Under Burris's reasoning he is already the junior Senator from Illinois. No matter what happens to Blago in a few weeks or months, the seat won't be open again until 2010.
That is a good point, the Senate Democrats decided to play their little power trip game and lost, now they are full of grumbling and beating their chests, but there is nothing they can really do about.
As Burris said "We think they will come around and recognize that the appointment is legal and valid and I am the junior senator from Illinois," and he is right.
They can foam at the mouth all they want, but in the end, Burris is the Senator because legally Blagojevich had the right to appoint him.
The rest is nothing more than posturing.
More on Burris' take on this over at Wall Street Journal.. "Blagojevich Appointee Touts His Credentials and Questions the Legality of Preventing Him From Filling Seat Vacated by Obama."
Posted: 02 Jan 2009 06:49 AM PST
After thousands and thousands of rocket attacks against their civilian population, Israeli finally said enough is enough seven days ago and started Operation Cast Lead, taking out via air strikes, targets where Hamas in Gaza was setting off rockets and sending them into Israel.
Unlike every time Hamas sent rockets in Israeli territory, the Israeli's, as reported by multiple organizations now, sent Arabic-language cell-phone messages to thousands of Gazans, warning them to leave homes in which Hamas terrorist stashed weapons.
Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger. Hamas, which started this conflict with unrelenting rocket and mortar attacks on unarmed Israelis -- 6,464 launched from Gaza in the past three years -- deliberately places its weapons in and near the homes of its own people.
According to Jerusalem Post, the air strikes continue and a top Hamas leader has been taken out as well as more than a dozen Hamas operatives.
Over 7 years Hamas has been warned to stop sending rockets over, and they have ignored those warnings at every turn.
It is time for Israel to force them to quit and it seems Israel is ready to do so. I get very tired of people trying to defend Hamas and criticize Israel for protecting themselves and it seems Israel has gotten sick and tired of it themselves.
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